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EPIPHANY. 26 HAIL! Thou source of every blessing,
Sov’reign Father of mankind !
In Thy courts admission find.
In Thy Church obtain a place,
Praise Thy truth, adore Thy grace. 2 Once far off, but now invited,
We approach Thy sacred throne,
Reconcil'd, redeem'd, made one.
See the star of mercy shine,
Mystery great of love Divine. 3 Hail, Thou universal Saviour !
Gentiles now their off'rings bring,
Jesus Christ, our Lord and King :
Live devoted to Thy praise,
Grateful anthems ever raise !
07 Sol the long wilds the nint.
97 SONS of men, behold from far,
Hail the long-expected star! Jacob's star, that gilds the night, * Guides bewilder'd nature right.
2 Mild it shines on all beneath,
Piercing through the shades of death,
Kindling darkness into light.
Haste to see your God appear !
99 SING to the Lord in joyful strains,
His glorious praise resound,
And fill the isles around. 2 O City of the Lord, begin
The universal song,
The cheerful notes prolong. 3 Let the rude wilderness afar
Lift up its lonely voice ;
And in its light rejoice. 4 Let ev'ry land, and tribe, and tongue,
Jehovah's glory raise ;
29 BRIGHT was the guiding star that led,
With mild benignant ray,
Where the Redeemer lay.
Now points to his abode;
To guide us to our God.
While light and grace are given !
Shall reign with Him in heaven.
D By Thy griefs, and sighs, and tears ;
Hear and spare us when we cry: 2 By Thy woe intensely great,
Agony, and bloody sweat;
ear and spare us when we cry:
3 By Thy passion, cross, and cries ;
By Thy perfect sacrifice;
31 O COME, Thou wounded Lamb of God!
Come, wash us in Thy cleansing blood; Give us to know Thy love; then pain
Is sweet, and life or death is gain.
For ever clos'd to all but Thee;
Thy pledge of love for ever there.
That Thou shouldst man to glory bring ?
And deck them with a glorious crown? 4 Ah, Lord ! enlarge our scanty thought
To know the wonders Thou hast wrought;
Thy love, immense, unsearchable.
To Thee both earth and heaven must bow;
32. O LORD, turn not Thy face away from
them that lowly lie, Lamenting sore their sinful life with tears
and bitter cry; Thy mercy gates are open wide to them
that mourn their sin; O shut them not against us, Lord! but
let us enter in.
2 We need not to confess our fault, for
surely Thou canst tell ; What we have done, and what we are,
Thou knowest, Lord, full well; Wherefore to beg and to entreat with
tears we come to Thee, As children that have done amiss fall
at their father's knee.
3 And need we, then, O Lord, repeat the
blessing which we crave, When Thou dost know before we speak
the thing that we would have ? Mercy, O Lord! mercy we seek:—this
is the total sum: For mercy, Lord, is all our prayer ;
O let Thy mercy come!
33 HOW blest the man with mercy crown'd,
1 Whose sins have all forgiveness found; Whose deep transgressions, cover'd o'er With pard'ning blood, are seen no more.